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John Rawls

1921 - 2002

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John Bordley Rawls (; February 21, 1921 – November 24, 2002) was an American moral, legal and political philosopher in the liberal tradition. Rawls received both the Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy and the National Humanities Medal in 1999, the latter presented by President Bill Clinton, in recognition of how Rawls's work "revived the disciplines of political and ethical philosophy with his argument that a society in which the most fortunate help the least fortunate is not only a moral society but a logical one".In 1990, Will Kymlicka wrote in his introduction to the field that "it is generally accepted that the recent rebirth of normative political philosophy began with the publication of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice in 1971". Rawls has often been described as one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Rawls has received more than 2,478,550 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia. John Rawls is the 138th most popular philosopher (down from 115th in 2019), the 192nd most popular biography from United States (down from 163rd in 2019) and the most popular American Philosopher.

John Rawls is most famous for his work in political philosophy, which he called "justice as fairness." Rawls argued that a society is just if it meets two conditions: (1) all citizens have the same basic liberties and opportunities, and (2) inequalities are to the greatest benefit of the least advantaged.

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Among philosophers, John Rawls ranks 138 out of 1,081Before him are Giambattista Vico, Bonaventure, Swami Vivekananda, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Baron d'Holbach, and Wilhelm Dilthey. After him are Isocrates, Zhu Xi, Edith Stein, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Clement of Alexandria, and Simone Weil.

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Among people born in 1921, John Rawls ranks 10Before him are Astor Piazzolla, Stanisław Lem, Andrei Sakharov, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Michael I of Romania, and Suharto. After him are Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Yves Montand, Hua Guofeng, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Joseph Beuys, and Giulietta Masina. Among people deceased in 2002, John Rawls ranks 8Before him are Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Astrid Lindgren, Simo Häyhä, Pierre Bourdieu, Thor Heyerdahl, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. After him are Billy Wilder, Richard Harris, Vavá, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Traudl Junge, and László Kubala.

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Among people born in United States, John Rawls ranks 192 out of 18,182Before him are Ray Bradbury (1920), Tom Selleck (1945), Talcott Parsons (1902), James Madison (1751), Scatman John (1942), and Gary Cooper (1901). After him are Whitney Houston (1963), John Jay (1745), George Lucas (1944), Alec Baldwin (1958), Samuel P. Huntington (1927), and Gene Cernan (1934).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, John Rawls ranks 1After him are George Herbert Mead (1863), Robert Nozick (1938), John Searle (1932), Anne Sullivan (1866), Hilary Putnam (1926), Richard Rorty (1931), Daniel Dennett (1942), Judith Butler (1956), Ronald Dworkin (1931), Willard Van Orman Quine (1908), and Nelson Goodman (1906).